My first thought
was to simply compile a list of their web sites. I got the
official list from the Secretary of State. It included email
address, phone number, address, party affiliation, and occupation.
Then I got a really bright idea. I would
not only find their web sites, but also send them a questionnaire
to reveal their opinions on matters of primary interest in
The upshot is that I sent out my questionnaire
and by dint of persistence got about 70 responses. I am publishing
those responses on this web site and my reactions to them.
I am also publishing my contact database on the candidates
featuring the most complete list of their web sites to be
found on the web!
Of course the logical way to make this information
I had gathered available to the greatest number who could
benefit from it was to put it on a web site. That meant I
had to learn how to do so, ably assisted by someone I employ
in my business occupation. I had to learn how to use Dreamweaver,
how to acquire, setup and upload to my own domain.
As a side effect,
it pushed me to realize my long held goal to make a personal
web site containing my writings on a variety of topics, one
major theme of which is politics, both practical and theoretical.
I was able to combine the practical political occasion of
the recall election by including a question on the legitimate
functions of government in my questionnaire. This has an additional
practical effect of enabling us to tell what a politician
will do when confronted with a new situation or one with institutional
It also quickly separates the ‘concrete
heads’ from those capable of abstract thought as were
Another thing that the questionnaire quickly
revealed was whether a candidate could read. About half of
the responses missed the point of the question.
Then I pointed out to the candidate what
the question meant. Most of them who didn’t get it in
the first place, didn’t get it in the second or wouldn’t
answer. Weasels are not an endangered species!
I include many
of these communications in the comments column of the questionnaire
database. They also served to provoke my thought on these
matters further or push me to express long held opinions or
at least to express them more clearly and forcefully.